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LETTERS

Proposed MBTA cuts would make nagging concerns even worse

The 110 MBTA bus is pictured on Broadway in Everett in this July file photo.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Re “MBTA plan cuts service for trains, bus, halts ferries” (Page A1, Nov. 10): A reliable and efficient public transportation system is essential to keeping businesses operating safely and our economy moving forward, both now and as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed MBTA service cuts would disrupt a lifeline for the workers who rely on public transit to get to work, exacerbate inequities in the same communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and hamper our efforts to reduce carbon emissions from our Commonwealth’s transit sector.

For years, Massachusetts’ crumbling public infrastructure has cost our economy and the workforce that drives it. Too many communities that rely on affordable and consistent transportation have been left behind by service gaps and rising fares. Unreliable service has pushed more and more commuters toward cars, worsening our significant congestion problems and leading to hours of wasted time spent in traffic.

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The proposed cuts would worsen those issues and have a lasting and detrimental impact on our ability to make long-needed infrastructure and service improvements that are essential to making Massachusetts a better place to live and work.

A public comment process is beginning this week, and for the sake of our economy and the talented workers and businesses that power it, we must make our voices heard before these service cuts are finalized.

Chenelle Brown

Board member

Alliance for Business Leadership

Boston